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24th November 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels all operations except for 3 XIX Tactical Air Command fighters which fly night intruder mission in Saarbrucken, Zweibrucken, and Homburg, Saar areas.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, in support of British Eighth Army, bomb defences in Faenza area. Bad weather restricts fighter-bombers to 2 missions which damage a road bridge and cut rail line South of Modena.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly close support strikes in Pinwe and Bhamo sectors. 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack troops and supply areas at Panma, Hpa-Hpen, Nawng-Sang, Kawlin, Wahkyet, Kawng ai, and in Pintha area, 8 damage bridges at Meza, Namhkai, and Hsenwi while 10 others hit Lashio airfield. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound storage and ferry area at Meza and 4 damage approaches to Namhkai and Hsenwi road bridges. 323 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb warehouse area and docks at Hankow. 3 others hit Haiphong area. 22 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage area near Lashio, targets in Hankow area, and towns of Wanling, Siangtan, Wuchang, and Wan Lai-Kam. 120 P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance attack many targets in East Burma and South West and Southeast China, concentrating on river and rail traffic and supplies at Chefang, Hengshan, and Sinshih Changsha area.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb antiaircraft positions and targets at Camp Downes and Panalisan Point and United States fighters attack and destroy several aeroplanes over Carigara Bay and Leyte area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit antiaircraft positions and other targets at Matina airfield.

Twentieth Air Force. XXI Bomber Command flies its first mission against Japan. Objective is Tokyo. The 111 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's are led by 73d Bomber Wing Commanding General, General O'Donnell piloting Dauntless Dotty, co-piloted by Major Robert K Morgan, erstwhile pilot of the famed B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, Memphis Belle. 35 very heavy bombers bomb primary target, Musashino aircraft plant; 50 bomb secondary target, urban area and docks, 17 abort en route, the remainder are unable to bomb due to mechanical difficulties. 1 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber crashes off Honshu when a fighters rams the bomber, shearing off the elevator and right horizontal stabiliser, becoming the first XXI Bomber Command very heavy bomber lost to Japanese action. 1 other ditches after running out of fuel. B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber gunners claim 7 aircraft downed.

Seventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan on shipping reconnaissance attack vessels at Haha Jima and Chichi Jima. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Guam on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. 14 Saipan based P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe landing ground on Pagan.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Waltham Cross.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Braughing, Hurts.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Ilford.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit West Ham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Tillingham.

V-2 rocket launched against England, hit Poplar.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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